Monday, September 30, 2013

The Blacklist Season 1 Episode 2: The Freelancer

5 second plot: Raymond goes straight to the next one on his list: the Freelancer. This is a hit-man who disguises his killings by killing a lot of civilians in the process. Like a plane crash, a train derailment,... But together with this hit-man, Raymond has got his eye on someone else.

5 second review: From time to time I have a feeling things don't really add up. The FBI wants his help, but then they sort of give the order to take him out? They don't want to give in to his demands, no matter what, but then they do? But besides from that, it's actually a pretty great show.

IMDb score: 8,5/10
Our score: 8/10

How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 3: Last Time in New York

5 second plot: Barney and Robin try to have sex in an exciting place (euhm, location). Ted and Lily go over Ted’s list of last things to do before he moves to Chicago. And Marshall is driving through Packers country, proudly representing the Vikings.

5 second review: A typical episode: great fun, lots of laughs and a life lesson from Lily at the end.

IMDb score: 7,6/10
Our score: 9/10

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 16: Felina (final episode)

5 second plot: In short: Walt sets everything straight (as much as possible). In long (big spoiler alert): Walt forces Elliot and Gretchen to see that the kids get the money. He says goodbye to his wife and kids. He gives Skyler the location where Hank is buried. He kills all the bad guys (and girl). He saves Jesse. And then he smiles. And dies.

5 second review:  I couldn't have imagined it in a million years, being a big fan of the show, but this is the perfect ending. They couldn't have ended it better.

IMDb score: 9,9/10
Our score: 10/10

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 needs some time to kick in

5 second plot: Darth Maul and his brother hook up with Deathwatch to create a new galactic underworld. It takes Darth Sidious himself to stop them. Also in this season we get a lot of information on Jedi rituals, we see the Jedi helping rebels, get to meet lots of pirates and we also see public opinion swinging against the Jedi. And slowly but surely the dark side is taking control.

5 second review: The first half of this season feels like the writers ran out of ideas. But the second half gets really interesting. Especially when the supreme bad ass cleans house. The season finale is the best one yet, as Ahsoka makes a bold decision.

IMDb score: 7,9/10
Our score: 8/10

Atlantis Season 1 Episode 1: The Earth Bull

5 second plot: A guy goes on a search for his father in a small submarine. He gets sucked into a white light and ends up in a ancient city. Which will probably be Atlantis. And he is some kind of chosen one.

5 second review: What a shit bucket this is. It's like a scifi special. I only knew it wasn't since it didn't have sharks in a tornado.

IMDb score: 6,7/10
Our score: 0/10

Friday, September 27, 2013

Rush is indeed quite the... well... rush

5 second plot: In the 1970's formula 1 was still exciting. This movie focuses on the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. With the grand finale where one wins a world championship over the other in the last laps by a difference of one point.

5 second review: It's incredible how you get sucked into this story. By the end the tension rises so high you hope your heart will be able to  keep up. It's very well done. It is difficult to decide which of the two men one should prefer, but that's probably the idea.

IMDb score: 8,3/10
Our score: 8/10

Don Jon is da bomb

5 second plot: Don Jon is a cool macho dude that gets a lot of girl-attention but mainly focuses on watching porn. All his relationships seem to strand because of his porn-obsession. Then he meets this fabulous girl, Barbara, and tries to change his ways, but it doesn't work out the way he had planned.

5 second review: It's not very often you get to see a movie this beautifully simple. It is very real and absurd at the same time. It's a simple love story. And very funny. And sweet. Although it doesn't seem that way if you read the plot, this is a movie for everybody. Who is older than, let's say 16.

IMDb score: 7,1/10
Our score: 10/10

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two and a Half Men Season 11 Episode 1-10

5 second plot: Charlie's daughter Jenny shows up and checks into the guest room. Lindsey takes Alan back as her lover on the side. And Walden gets his scrotum waxed to make sure Jenny gets a second date with a girl she liked.

5 second review: This season starts off really unfunny. At one point Walden even fires Berta. This show can only be about relaxed and fun stuff, that's the rule. But thankfully the smart, funny and relaxed tone picks up after episode 4. I'm not too fond of Jenny, but she does bring home a lot of very interesting women.

IMDb score: 7,3/10
Our score: 8/10

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 1: The Hofstadter Insufficiency

5 second plot: Leonard is having a lot of fun on his expedition adventure. Sheldon and Penny miss him and seek comfort with each other. Amy and Bernadette are also away from their guys and they are loving the male attention they are getting.

5 second review: The start of a new season for a great show like this is always exciting. It's still brilliant. Great dialogue and great fun.

IMDb score: 8,3/10
Our score: 10/10

The Crazy Ones Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: Simon and his daughter Sydney run an advertising firm and they are just about to lose their biggest client, McDonald's. Simon comes up with a pitch that might save the day.

5 second review: Robin Williams is on a roll. Just the way I like him best: out of control. It seems like a solidly funny new TV show, this one.

IMDb score: 7,2/10
Our score: 8/10

The Michael J. Fox Show Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: This is the story of Mike Henry, a famous news anchor, who stopped working because he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Being home all the time, he drives his family crazy, so they would prefer it if he just went back to work.

5 second review: It's great to see Michael J. Fox on TV again. I am however sorry to say I did not like the show very much. It doesn't seem to be very funny. Which was the idea, right?

IMDb score: not yet available on posting date
Our score: 5/10

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 2: The Deception Verification

5 second plot: Leonard comes home early but doesn't tell Sheldon so he can have a couple of days of alone time with Penny. But Sheldon finds out. Howard is acting very strange. He finds out his estrogen level is way up.

5 second review: The whole team is reunited again. And that is always a guarantee for success.

IMDb score: 8,3/10
Our score: 9//10

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Episode 2: The Tagger

5 second plot: The captain asks Peralta to get his act together. As long as he doesn't the captain will be babysitting him.

5 second review: Yep, this is a keeper. Again, real fun stuff.

IMDb score: 7,7/10
Our score: 9/10

Lucky 7 Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: A group of co-workers, all struggling with money related problems one way or another, win the lottery. Big time.

5 second review: This first episode is boring and a bit annoying. I don't know what they are planning to do with the rest of the season, but I'm not interested in finding out.

IMDb score: 6,8/10
Our score: 3/10

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: This pilot is a quick introduction of the organisation. They are a group of agents who try to protect people with superpowers (from themselves mostly). In this first episode the agents need to track down a hero (he saves a girl from a fire) with superstrength. But he is gently losing it.

5 second review: I got really worried in the first 5 minutes. My expectations were very high and they start off this pilot with an explanation of what they stand for like they were explaining it to a baby. But then it picks up and although it did not knock me off my feet, it was entertaining and it feels like it will be... interesting.

IMDb score: 8/10
Our score: 8/10

Curse of Chucky is pretty old school

5 second plot: Nica and her mom get a doll in the mail. It doesn't take long before the mom is dead. Then the family comes along and after a while they start dying as well.

5 second review: The fun only begins when Chucky starts moving. And talking. Well, actually, there is one very interesting death in a car crash before that. The puppeteering is a bit old school, but so is Chucky of course. The film isn't very good, you can almost see the missed opportunities flying around.

IMDb score: 5,6/10
Our score: 5/10

Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter

5 second plot: The girlfriend of Captain America (who crashes and disappears in the beginning of this one-shot) is assigned to some sort of secret agency where they don't give her any chances because she is a woman. But then she takes on a difficult 5-man job on her own. And off she goes.

5 second review: This is a full length movie nicely tucked in a 10 minute short. With a 5 minute end credit! Great work and great vibe, but isn't this a bit overshooting for a short?

IMDb score: 7/10
Our score: 8/10

Monday, September 23, 2013

Masters of Sex Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: Set in 1956, this is the story of a scientist and his assistant, who started researching human sexuality and all its complexities. Very progressive for that time. The study they published started a sexual revolution.

5 second review: There is a bit of sexual tension, but it's more the scientific one. The title of the show is (of course) a tad misleading. It's not like True Blood sex. Personally, I was already a bit bored halfway through the pilot, so I don't think I will be following up on this one.

IMDb score: not yet available on posting date
Our score: 5/10

The Blacklist Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: A (very much) wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in to the FBI. He helps them prevent a chemical bombing of a crowded zoo. He has an entire list of criminal masterminds they can capture. With his help.

5 second review: I like the spy stuff. And his criminal mastermind. And her back story. This pilot really intrigued me. I think I will follow up on this one a little longer. Who would have thought that James Spader would ever do anything that would get my attention. I couldn't have guessed that in a million years.

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Our score: 9/10

Hostages Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: The family of a doctor is taken hostage. She has to kill the president during a scheduled surgery or her family will be killed.

5 second review: It's way too much drama and too little action for me but I must say I kinda want to know what happens next. But I am not looking forward to a stretched out 10 episodes which could had been a normal sized movie.

IMDb score: 7,5/10
Our score: 6/10

How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 1-2: The Locket

5 second plot: Everyone is coming from different directions with all possible transportation methods to get to Barney and Scherbatsky's wedding. Lily wins the grand prize for picking the best ride-along. Yep, it's her alright.

5 second review: Smart, funny, light, pretty, exciting,... how is it possible to put all that into one show? I don't know how they do it, but it's done. I must say I really missed the bastards.

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Our score: 10/10

Mom Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: This is the story of Christy, a single mom that had a rough life up until now. Well, it's actually not really improving. But anyway, it seems to be a blast to have a shitty life like that. For the viewers anyway.

5 second review: I really can't say yet if this is going to be good or not. This pilot started off horribly unfunny, but gradually became funnier as more and more information was provided about the life of our mom and also as more and more characters were introduced. There are some interesting elements there, that's for sure.

IMDb score: 6,5/10
Our score: 7/10

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 15: Granite State

5 second plot: Walter is taken to a remote location to lay low for a while. He meets Saul along the way. He also decided to take a hike. Jesse almost escapes, but then the crazy criminal crew take him down even harder. On the bright side: the meth quality is doing very well.

5 second review: The fans will still be pleased. This is - again - a great episode. I must say I'm still secretly hoping Walter will outsmart everyone and save Jesse in the progress, but my hope is not up very high. But no matter what: pretty please, with a cherry on top, don't fuck it up. (Or we'll give Todd a call.)

IMDb score: 9,7/10
Our score: 9,5/10

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thanks for Sharing is really sweat

5 second plot: This is the story of a couple of guys (and one girl) that are addicted to sex. They are trying to get their shit together so they can live their lives as normal as possible. But it's not easy, not even for the old timers.

5 second review: It's all about interrelations. Between new guy and sponsor, between son and father, between addict and new girlfriend, between first timer and first timer,... and it's beautifully melted into one story.

IMDb score: 6,4/10
Our score: 8/10

Prisoners takes its time

5 second plot: Two little girls disappear all of a sudden. The parents think they were abducted. The prime suspect is released quickly because there is too little evidence. The father of one of the girls takes matters in his own hands and locks him up. He tortures him to get answers. But is he asking the right guy?

5 second review: Extremely fine acting, there's no doubt about that. The movie takes a whole lot of time to get somewhere. It's all part of the deal, I know, but they could have speeded up things just a bit. Because now it takes forever. That adds to the tension, but also adds to the drag.

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Our score: 6/10

Generation Iron does not bring its best game

5 second plot: This is a documentary about bodybuilding. We get a chance to see behind the scenes while the best of the best prepare to become Mr. Olympia.

5 second review: If you're a fan of the sport it will be cool to see all these huge popular guys and their different training methods. The subject is really cool, but the movie isn't. It's really poorly made. Even the background music is just totally ridiculous. It doesn't look legendary at all. And it should.

IMDb score: 7,2/10
Our score: 4/10